Kenya had it’s presidential and parliamentary election last Thursday. Raila Odinga, leader of the Democratic Orange Movement was challenging Mwai Kibaki, the current president. Before the election, every poll that was taken showed a clear lead for Odinga and his DOM party. Moreover, nearly every incumbent running on Kibaki’s party ticket was defeated, including his vice-president, twenty Kibaki ministers and three sons of former president Daniel arap Moi who were also running on the same party-ticket.
In fact, Odinga was consistently defeating Kibaki the first two days of the vote counting in the 180 out of 210 electoral constituency counted. Now, what is quite baffling is how all the sudden in the third day (Sunday), Kibaki comes out on top the day after vote counting was suspending amid all the pre-election indication and beat down of his party, not to mention being sworn in as the new president within ONE hour of the announcement. It’s like watching a Hollywood feel-good drama where the hero overcomes all obstacles and succeeds, despite the opposite indications all along.
I feel bad for the Kenyan population because once again, they are cheated by the corrupt, power-hungry dinosaurs who have been sucking the blood of this majestic country for over forty-years. But unlike other Africans, Kenyans have the sense to swallow this cheat and not let it lead to civil war or prolonged violence. At least that is my hope. There has already been clashes between Odinga’s Lou tribe and Kibaki’s Kikuyi tribe. I just hope this does not lead to a full-blown tribal wars, or worst, civil war.